So in my introduction thread where I wrote I wanted tips on books to read and I was told about this series. Also prior to registering I read in several other threads about how great these books are. But now the problem is that being a poor student I'm very reluctant to buy a book by an author I've never read anything of (this is the first place I've even heard about these series) because of the risk that I might not find it to my liking and I really don't want to spend any money on something that is only going to end up collecting dust on a dark shelf somewhere. So please, convince me! What is these books about? Would someone who loved Eddings series about Belgarion and Sparhawk as well as (atleast the first few books) of WoT like these?